Stuart is joining over 500 other MPs to plant trees as part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy, a network of forest conservation initiatives to mark Her Majesty the Queen’s lifetime of service to the Commonwealth.
The trees will be planted in the constituency of Pudsey, Horsforth and Aireborough and Stuart is currently liaising with Leeds City Council on the site. Stuart hopes to donate the trees to Pudsey Cemetery and Chapel.
They were donated to Stuart thanks to a partnership between the Woodland Trust, Sainsbury’s and ITV, which in April screened a landmark documentary, The Queen's Green Planet, following Her Majesty the Queen and this ambitious legacy project which brings together her deeply held commitment to the Commonwealth and her little-known love of trees.
At the heart of the film was a conversation between the Queen and Sir David Attenborough filmed in the gardens of Buckingham Palace last summer. In a rare opportunity to see the Queen talking informally to Sir David, the conversation ranged from climate change, to conkers and of course trees, and was watched by 6.4 million viewers, making it ITV’s most watched factual programme of the year.
Stuart said: “I am delighted to be involved in the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy scheme in order to raise awareness of the importance of the preservation of the natural habitat as well as celebrating the dedication of Her Majesty to the Commonwealth over many decades. The preservation of our green spaces and natural environment is something that I have always fought hard for in order to preserve and protect the environment for future generations to enjoy and I am delighted to be able to donate these trees to Leeds City Council.”
The Woodland Trust Chief Executive, Beccy Speight said: “We are delighted so many MPs have decided to join us in our bid to plant trees as part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy. We all need trees. They are a cornerstone of our landscape and countryside, forming an essential and cherished part of our cultural identity. They are crucial in improving soil health and water quality, reducing carbon, trapping pollutants, slowing the flow of flood water, sheltering livestock, providing a home for wildlife or a space for us to breathe. I hope the residents of Pudsey, Horsforth and Aireborough will enjoy watching them flourish as part of this wonderful legacy initiative.”